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Dorothy Q Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution


The Dorothy Q Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, held the October meeting Oct. 16 at the Elston Memorial Home.

The meeting was called to order by Regent Rita Kirkpatrick, who then led members through the opening ritual. American Heritage chair Rachel Brown led the singing of the patriotic song of the month. Gloria White read the President General’s message and Kirkpatrick read the National Defender’s report.

The program was presented by Beth Swift, Archivist for Wabash College. She brought to life the lives of the Elston family, specifically Major Isaac Elston who was instrumental in developing the city of Crawfordsville, and his son, Col. Isaac Elston, whose home now functions as the Chapter House for Dorothy Q. She brought an informative packet of pictures and maps that was welcomed by all members present. Thank you so much, Beth, for the learning experience.

After the program, Kirkpatrick proceeded with reading Linda Busenbark’s patriot story. Brown read the minutes from last month’s meeting , which were accepted with corrections and the Treasurer’s report that was filed for audit. The standing committees reporting were Conservation by Sharon Southern, American Indians by Kirkpatrick, DAR Schools by Brown, DAR Project Patriot by Kirkpatrick, Elston Foundation by Brown and Our Flag by Kirkpatrick.

Southern reported Care and Concern cards were sent to Busenbark and Michele Borden. Brown explained how to sign up our Krogers cards for Community Rewards for Dorothy Q. Terri Fyffe reported on the progress of our new web page and asked for wish list items for the donation page. She reminded us that we will need two to three more wreaths this year for our Patriot Christmas Project at area cemeteries.

Kirkpatrick asked us to submit ideas of someone to clean the House before the anticipated house tours.

The chapter received the certificate for the Blair Shining Star Award for 2020-2021. Members Andrea Edwards, Janice Hatfield, Gloria White and Terri Fyffe received certificates of 30 years membership. Congratulations.

Announcements included the request to have your Patriot Stories ready at the meetings; there will be no Fall Forum this year due to Covid; Continental Congress will be held June 26 through July 4, 2022; and please let Kirkpatrick know if there are changes for the yearbook. She also thanked the members that came on Oct. 14 to clean the House and the Hostess Committee for today’s meeting of Brown, Ericia Church and Linda Keith. The Hostess Committee for November will be Susan Fisher, chair, Michele Borden and Linda Busenbark. The Christopher Harrison Chapter has invited us to a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Salem, Indiana on Nov. 18 at 10:30 a.m. Fyffe will need members to help place and start the timers on the window candles the Sunday after Thanksgiving. There will be a short meeting on Dec. 4 at 1 p.m., then members will decorate the House for the Holidays.

The next meeting will be held on Nov. 20, with Tom Neal as speaker. Please remember to bring gifts for the Indiana Veterans’ Home.

Chaplin Southern offered a benediction and the meeting was adjourned to the dining room for apple-themed treats and apple cider.


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